Following the 5-Day The Buddha The Scientist Retreat at Deer Park Monastery, we held a 1-day symposium for scientists to present research and findings. The date of the symposium was Monday, September 5, 2022.
Here we have a presentation by Elli Weisbaum, PhD on Translating Thich Nhat Hanh’s Teachings Into Scientific Spaces: Application and Research of Mindfulness Within Healthcare
Elli Weisbaum, PhD is currently based at the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor (teaching stream) in the Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health program (BPMH), with a cross-appointment to the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in their Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME). She attended her first retreat with Zen Master and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh at the age of ten and has continued training with the international Plum Village community since then.
She is a co-founder and facilitator of the Wake Up Toronto Sangha, and became a member of the Order of Inerbeing in 2015. She received her PhD through UofT’s Faculty of Medicine. Her thesis research focused on applying mindfulness to physician wellbeing. She is currently part of a team of facilitators who are offering the Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents (MARS-A) program for adolescents with chronic illness at the Hospital for Sick Children.
She has collaborated with the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Faculty of Engineering, Rotman School of Management, the Ontario Hospital Association and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to integrate mindfulness into ongoing programming for faculty, staff and students. Elli’s novel background in both academic research and traditional mindfulness practice provides a distinct approach to her ongoing work teaching and researching in the field.